Music Instruction Improves Vocabulary

Thanks this time goes to Deric Bownds’ Mindblog, where Dr. Bownds is aggregating research, as I am. Dr. Bownds blogged about a study by Marie Forgeard, Ellen Winner, Andrea Norton, and Gottfried Schlaug: Children who received at least three years Read More …

El Sistema Project begins in Scotland

From my email, this press release from Peter Stevenson: [T]he Big Noise Sistema nucleo in Scotland is showing encouraging early results, both musically and the impact on the wider community. The children’s performance at the recent end of session concert Read More …

Even a Birdbrain Can Understand Classical Music

And to continue our examination into the lighter side of classical music research, here’s a study by S. Watanabe and K. Sato: Seven adult Java sparrows were trained to discriminate music by Bach and that by Schoenberg. In the Bach Read More …

You Always Thought Classical Music was for the Birds

Continuing with my more light-hearted attempts to bring you some classical music research, and at the same time trying to prove to you that it’s not as difficult as you think, consider a study done by Debra Porter and Allen Read More …

If You Can’t Tell the Difference between Bach and Beethoven, Ask Your Goldfish

With it being the holidays and all, I thought I’d bring you some research on a slightly lighter note. Ava Chase has done what I find to be one of the most amusing and still significant experiments of all time Read More …

Baroque Music and Dementia

From a study by Christian Heim, B. Kichu Naif, Denise Mowbray, and Janelle Tavender: Baroque music has been shown to encourage the production of alpha brain waves, leading to a calm, more relaxed state of the mind. The ideals of Read More …

Classical Music Increases Performance

From a study by R. G. Thompson, C. J. A. Moulin, S. Hayre, and R. W. Jones: Exposure to some music, in particular classical music, has been reported to produce transient increases in cognitive performance. The authors investigated the effect Read More …

Classical Music and Critical Care

From a study by Claudius Conrad We recently completed a study on critically ill, intubated ICU patients to investigate whether a well-defined selection of Mozart music can alleviate stress in critically ill patients, and how this effect might be mediated Read More …